THE RECLAMATION February 24, 2014Posted by William Spear in Uncategorized.
Tags: ALL THE WAY BACK, Dickens, Emily Scrooge, Josephine Marley, THE RECLAMATION, The Reclamation of Emily Scrooge
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After finishing ALL THE WAY BACK, an earlier audio theatre project was next. Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and all its film and stage adaptations, has always been a favorite and it felt like I could do it justice. However, rather than create a faithful adaptation, a reinterpretation was decided upon. The audio theatre piece was THE RECLAMATION OF EMILY SCROOGE and my objective was to adapt it to stage theatre.
THE RECLAMATION OF EMILY SCROOGE is the story of Emily Scrooge set as a contemporary piece. Emily runs the global investment firm of Scrooge and Marley and is set on the evening before buying our her old employer, Fezzletter, which is located in London. The deal, which would establish Scrooge and Marley as the largest global investment firm, begins to fall apart when rumors of insider trading charges surface about Emily. Further, Fezzletter executives threaten to call off the deal. Scrooge demands they honor the contract an insists on flying to London that evening for a Christmas Day signing.
However, Scrooge’s world is complicated when her husband threatens to take their children and leave if she does not spend the holiday with them. The evening is further upended when Josephine Marley, Scrooge’s deceased partner, unexpectedly stops by and warns of three Spirits who will be visiting Emily later that night.
During January and February, audio theatre script was adapted to a stage version. Retitled THE RECLAMATION to avoid confusion with the audio version, it was finished after three rewrites late in February. As with ALL THE WAY BACK, the cast went from over 25 to 11. But the original intent and spirit of the audio piece is intact and THE RECLAMATION is ready for submissions.
Stay tuned for further updates.
ALL THE WAY BACK (previously “Replays”) January 4, 2014Posted by William Spear in Uncategorized.
Tags: ALL THE WAY BACK, edits, Replays, rewrites, sports, stage play
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Started the year with a birthday and a finished script. REPLAYS, which received a staged reading under the name “Replays” in May 2013, received my full intention during the intervening seven months. The result, from its new name, ALL THE WAY BACK, to its revised storylines has been a pleasant journey.
From the moment the staged reading at Somerset Valley Players ended, it was clear there were choices to be made. One was the competition between the four main characters and whose play it really was. Another was whether the plays was a comedy, as intended, or a drama, as evolved. A third was whether the large cast, more than 25 performers, was viable.
After allowing all the feedback to sink in, further development went forward under a two-objectived mantra: Commit to the comedy and cap the cast size.
On capping the cast size, ten was chosen arbitrarily as a limit. To that end, the best insight was as follows: Consider collapsing the functionality of the characters as a means to reduce the cast size. Not knowing how that process would happen, it was started.
The other objective, commit to the comedy, was a more clearly realized path. Drama was removed or rewritten with the intent of smiles rather seriousness. And the existing humor was pushed closer to being over the top but consistent with the characters and their own arcs.
As functionalities combined, characters began disappearing. Even characters which received warm receptions at the reading were discarded without loss to the overall piece.
Finally, in late December, the script was left to marinade for a few days. When resumed, everything held together save for a few spot edits.
In early January, the first submission went out the door for ALL THE WAY BACK. Now definitely a comedy, ALL THE WAY BACK tells 98% of the same story with a cast of nine. It was lovely way to start 2014.